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These are the characteristics of a dignified* and courageous
action; but action such as this must be attributed to the
fickleness of the mind."
Thereupon, Ayyamarasa and Kondamarasa said:
" The Muhainmadans are given to drunkenness ; they
consume opium and are (generally) intoxicated. Therefore,
they are naturally afraid. So long as they are under the spell
of drink, they have no control over their bodies or minds.
In that state they cut to pieces whomsoever they meet. They
are the Raksasas of the Kali age. But when they regain their
consciousness, they feel regret for their racial disposition. The
Brahmans eat food cooked with salt and tamarind juice. Conse-
quently they have neither pride nor malice. Having realised
this fact, the Muhammadans entrusted the management of
the administration to Brahmans who were under their control,
They appoint and dismiss officials and generally conduct the
affairs of the state, according to the advice of these Brahmans.
Therefore, the affairs of state (in the Mussalman kingdoms) are
carried on as desired by the ministers. If any differences arise
between the king and the ministers, not only do the ministers
lose their lives but the government itself is upset. So, this is
the action concerted by the ministers of those three states after
due deliberation." They added: ** They have no initiative of
their own, and are dependent on the advice of others ; but Your
Majesty has both. Therefore, nothing can equal Your Majesty's
policy. If the Mussalmans of the Three Classes march together
with a single aim to the battle-field, they can bring into the field
1,50,000 horses, 1,500 must-elephants, and 300,000 foot-soldiers.
To conquer them, we should at least have twice that force. Can
we acquire so many horses in Karnataka ? No. To have the
satisfaction of keeping all the four kinds of troops (we maintain
some horses).f ; but if we give battle in detail with (the whole
of our army consisting of) 12,000 kaijltam and 24,000
* In the original we have gamhara which is very probably a corruption of gambhira*
fThere is evidently a gap in the text here.   The original, as it is, does not giye stay